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What is the recovery time for gastric bypass surgery?

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The amount of time it takes to recover from gastric bypass surgery depends on the patient's health and the type of surgery performed. Normal recovery times vary from two to six weeks before patients are able to get back to a low level of normal activities, according to Banner Health.

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What is the recovery time for gastric bypass surgery?
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Generally, patients who undergo a gastric bypass that is done as a laparoscopic procedure will have a faster recovery than those who have a traditional surgery, according to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Patients who aren't taking pain medicine can usually drive 10 days after surgery, and many patients return to work two weeks after the procedure, according to University of Rochester Medical Center.

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